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The Ceasing of Notions – 01 Pacifying the heart



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The Ceasing of Notions [or the Treatise on the Transcendence of Cognition]

1.  The Master was silent and said nothing

Emmon suddenly rose and asked ‘What is called the heart?  And how is the heart Pacified?’

The Master answered ‘You should not assume a heart, then there is no need to pacify it.  That is called pacifying the heart’.


2.  Emmon 'But if there is no heart, then how can we learn the Way?'

Master Nyuri 'The heart cannot conceive of the Way; so why should the way depend on the heart?'


3.  Emmon: 'If the Way cannot be conceived of by the heart, how can it be conceived of or thought of?'

Master Nyuri: 'As soon as thought arises, there is also heart.  Heart is contrary to the Way.  No-thought is no-heart.  No-heart is the Way of the Truth or True Awakening'.


4.Emmon: 'Do all sentient beings have this heart or not?'

Master Nyuri: 'That all sentient beings really have this heart is a mistaken view.  To set up a heart within no-heart, in empty heart, only serves to create erroneous ideas.'


5.  Emmon:  'What exists within no-heart?'

Master Nyuri:  'No-heart equals no-thing.  No-thing equals True Nature itself.  And True Nature is the Great Way'.






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